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08-24-07, 06:47 AM #1
Marines: No Record Of Marshall Earning Combat Medals
Marines: No Record Of Marshall Earning Combat Medals
By Patricia Daddona ,
By Steven Senne
• Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Chairman Glenn Marshall
A U.S. Marine Corps spokeswoman said Thursday that a review of the military records of the only person named Glenn Marshall to serve as a Marine in Vietnam does not show any top awards for valor.
In a front-page story on Aug. 18, The Day reported that Mashpee Wampanoag Tribal Chairman Glenn Marshall had earned five Purple Hearts and one Silver Star during three tours of duty as a Marine in Vietnam.
Marshall is leading his Cape Cod tribe to develop a resort casino in Middleborough, Mass. He and his tribe have secured a multimillion-dollar agreement with the town of Middleborough to build a casino there.
Marshall's legal adviser and lobbyist, James Morris, supplied the information about Marshall's medals during an in-person interview with Marshall in Boston. Morris is a lawyer with Quinn & Morris of Boston.
Marshall and Morris were with the reporter for three hours in private and Statehouse interviews. Marshall was leaving the room at the tribe's public relations firm, The Liberty Square Group, and did not appear to be aware of Morris' disclosure. Morris, who said Marshall is sensitive about discussing his war record, wrote the information down in the reporter's notebook.
Marshall did not personally inform The Day of the details of his military service for the Aug. 18 story.
According to Capt. Amy E. Malugani of Marine Corps Headquarters, Glenn Alan Marshall, who was born Nov. 1, 1949, joined the Marines on Sept. 9, 1968, served as a corporal for a year and eight months, and permanently left the military on April 20, 1970.
“His record does not support the claims of a Silver Star, Purple Heart or three tours in Vietnam,” said Malugani.
Marshall served “in the vicinity of the Danang area” from Oct. 18, 1969, to Feb. 16, 1970, said Malugani, who said she obtained Marshall's personnel records from a record keeper for the Marines known as Manpower in response to The Day's written request.
The awards Glenn A. Marshall did earn, she said, were the National Defense Service Medal and the Vietnam Service Medal with one star.
A historian in the Marine Corps History division who has cross-checked information with the Military Awards Branch of Marine Corps Headquarters also found no casualty records to indicate anyone named Glenn Marshall was ever wounded in Vietnam. The Purple Heart is the U.S. military medal that signifies being wounded in combat.
Gregory D'Agostino, chief operating officer for The Liberty Square Group who was present for the Boston interviews, said Thursday he did not have Marshall's middle name or initial, or his date of birth. He said the birth date supplied last week in Marshall's biography was incorrect.
That biography also stated that Marshall completed three tours of duty in Vietnam but it did not mention any medals.
Tribal spokesman Scott Ferson, also of the Liberty Square Group, said Thursday that Marshall was still trying to locate all his records and dates of military service.
“Glenn is proud of his service in Vietnam as a Marine,” Ferson said. “He talks about it because military service has been such a part of the tribe, but he has not really talked a lot about his service specifically. If someone connected with the tribe provided information that was not accurate, that was a mistake.”
Morris, the adviser, said he is still working with the tribe — which Ferson confirmed — but declined further comment.
Adam Bond, a Middleborough selectman, said the inconsistencies do not cause him concern about Marshall's credibility.
“I don't believe that that has any bearing on the negotiations he had with the town and the sincerity and honesty with which he dealt with us,” Bond said. “And until I see something more, I don't think there's anything more I can say about it. But I'm not uncomfortable. I still trust the man.”
Four years ago, Marshall represented himself to lawmakers as a hero of the battle of Khe Sanh, according to Gordon Hinkle, communications director for Rep. John T. Doolittle, a Republican congressman from California. The battle took place in Vietnam between Jan. 21 and April 8, 1968.
D'Agostino said Thursday that Marshall graduated from high school in 1968.
A letter written by Doolittle on Oct. 7, 2003, to then-Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton called for the tribe to be awarded federal recognition, Hinkle said. The tribe was granted federal recognition this past spring. Doolittle's 2003 letter stated that the tribe was waiting too long for an answer to its petition, Hinkle said.
08-24-07, 10:19 AM #2
ever hear of the stolen valor act? where's the FBI?
08-25-07, 08:07 AM #3
Mashpee Wampanoag leader stepping aside
Acknowledges conviction, lies
By Anna Badkhen and Sally Jacobs, Globe Staff | August 25, 2007
Glenn Marshall, the Mashpee Wampanoag leader who secured federal recognition for the tribe and presided over its push to build a $1 billion casino in Massachusetts, stepped aside yesterday after acknowledging that he was a convicted rapist and that he had lied to Congress about his military service during the Vietnam War.
In an interview with the Globe, Marshall, 57, wept as he apologized for repeatedly lying about his past and announced that he was temporarily handing over his responsibilities as chairman of the tribe council to his vice chairman, Shawn Hendricks, "so I can deal with the mental and physical issues I'm facing."
"It's an apology to my family, tribe, and the Commonwealth," said Marshall, sobbing and wiping tears with a paper napkin. "I could only ask that they could forgive me, because I'm not a bad person."
Marshall also said he had been convicted for cocaine possession, lied about working as a police officer, and had allowed his supporters to lie about prestigious military decorations. Marshall said he intended to resume his duties as chairman but would not say when.
The developments come at a crucial time for his tribe's project to build the first casino in the state in Middleborough. But town, tribe, and state officials said his absence would not affect the project.
"The agreement is between the tribe and the town, not between Glenn Marshall and the town," said Adam Bond, a Middleborough selectman who worked closely with Marshall during negotiation for town backing for the tribe's plan to open a casino there.
To open a full-fledged casino, the tribe needs approval for expanded gambling in Massacusetts from Governor Deval Patrick and the Legislature. And it must negotiate an agreement with the Patrick administration to determine the share of revenue that would go to the state.
Patrick is expected to announce his position on gambling around Labor Day.
A spokeswoman for Patrick, Rebecca Deusser, said the governor's decision will not be affected by revelations about Marshall.
"The governor is still on track to make his decision about gaming," Deusser said. "We're not going to comment on Mr. Marshall."
Marshall's admissions about his past came after the Cape Cod Times reported on Friday that Marshall was convicted in 1981 of raping a 22-year-old visitor to the Cape in 1980 and that he told a congressional oversight committee considering federal recognition for the Mashpee Wampanoag in 2004 that he had survived the siege of Khe Sanh during the Vietnam War.
Marshall said yesterday that he joined the Marines in September 1968, several months after the historic 77-day battle between US forces and the North Vietnamese had ended.
Asked whether he was at Khe Sahn, Marshall said: "No, not for the siege."
During his quest for federal recognition for the tribe, Marshall and his supporters repeatedly referred to his survival of the siege.
In 2003, US Representative John T. Doolittle of California wrote a letter to Secretary of the Interior Gale Norton in support of federal recognition and highlighted Marshall's service as a hero of the battle.
Doolittle's spokesman, Gordon Hinkle, said yesterday that the congressman was saddened about Marshall's lies, but said that Doolittle still supported the tribe's fight for recognition.
Marshall also acknowledged that a newspaper report last week that he had been awarded five Purple Hearts and one Silver Star for his service in Vietnam was not true. Yesterday, The Day of New London, Conn., reported that a legal adviser for Marshall had told the newspaper that Marshall had earned the medals. The Day quoted a Marine Corps spokeswoman saying he never received any top awards for valor.
In yesterday's Globe interview, Marshall said he did not dispute the newspaper's original account after it ran Aug. 18. Asked why, he said: "I don't know."
Marshall also said he had lied about employment in Massachusetts during the 1970s. He told a Globe Sunday Magazine interviewer in July that he was a police officer with a specialty in weapons in Norfolk County. In its Aug. 18 profile, The Day reported that Marshall had worked as a police officer for the former Metropolitan District Commission in Boston and as an investigator for the Plymouth district attorney's office.
Yesterday, Marshall said he had done none of those. He said he had hoped to become a policeman, but never did. He said that he had worked undercover, working for the Plymouth and Norfolk district attorneys' offices to bring down gangs dealing weapons and drugs. He declined to be more specific about his position or whether he was paid.
Neither the Plymouth nor the Norfolk district attorneys offices has a record of his employment.
Marshall said he felt that describing that job as a police officer gave him more credibility.
In the Globe interview, Marshall also acknowledged his rape conviction. He was sentenced to serve five years in Concord State Prison. He served 61 days and was released on two years probation, according to court records.
Marshall refused to discuss the rape case. The Cape Cod Times, citing its own archives and court records, reported the conviction was for raping an Illinois woman in West Barnstable.
During his probation, Marshall said, he was arrested for cocaine possession, sentenced to a fine of under $500, and released. He said he has been arrested twice since then, once for fishing without a license in Bourne, and once for receiving stolen property when he bought a boat motor. Both episodes took place in the 1990s, and charges were dismissed, he said.
Asked whether there had been any other arrests, Marshall replied: "Not that I remember."
Globe correspondents Ryan Haggerty, Christine Wallgren, and Stephanie Ebbert of the Globe staff contributed to this report.
08-25-07, 12:18 PM #4
another one bites the dust.
08-25-07, 03:54 PM #5
I Will Shoot You'r Sorry Azz-you Piece Of Chit
A FUC-EN,LYING PIECE OF CHIT.I WONDER IF THE PERSON HE RAPED,CRIED WHILE SHE WAS AT THIS MUTHA-FUCER'S MERCY?YOU WANT THAT JOHN WAYNE MEDAL SO BAD,CHIEF? YOU CAN HAVE MINE,NEVER WANTED THE PURPLE HEART;IT WILL COME AT A VERY HIGH PRICE?AFTER I PUMP, A COUPLE OF 7.62X39 BULLET'S INTO YOU'R SORRY FUCEN AZZ;YOU ARE TRULY A PIECE OF CHIT!!!
08-26-07, 09:09 AM #6
More Falsehoods From Mashpee Leader Come Out
By Patricia Daddona
8/26/2007 in Home »Main Photo
Still more details surfaced Saturday about false claims by Glenn Marshall, the Mashpee Wampanoag tribal chairman, in news reports and information provided by the tribe's public relations spokesman.
On Friday, Marshall issued a written apology for misrepresenting his military record in information given to The Day for an article published Aug. 18, and in statements to other media and Congress in the past. He said he has temporarily turned his duties over to the tribe's vice chairman, Shawn Hendricks.
On Saturday, Scott Ferson, spokesman for the Liberty Square Group of Boston, which represents the tribe, confirmed information first reported by The Boston Globe Saturday that Marshall had never been a police officer for the Metropolitan District Commission or an investigator for the Plymouth County, Mass., district attorney's office.
Nor did Marshall ever train as a reconnaissance specialist in the Marines but rather as a rifleman, Ferson said.
The inaccurate claims about his employment and military experience were included in a biography provided to The Day during reporting for the article profiling Marshall Aug. 18.
Ferson said Saturday that Marshall did not work undercover with police, but rather was “paid as part of a program to infiltrate gang activities. He was never undercover, and he did not hold an official position” in Plymouth or Norfolk counties, Ferson said.
James Morris, Marshall's legal adviser and lobbyist, told The Day during an interview for the Aug. 18 article that Marshall had received five Purple Hearts and a Silver Star.
The biography had stated Marshall served three tours of duty in Vietnam. None of that was true, Marshall admitted Friday. He served in Vietnam from Oct. 18, 1969, to Feb. 16, 1970.
Marshall also had been convicted of rape in 1981 and served time in prison, a fact that came to light last week.
The Mashpee Wampanoags expect to submit an application by the middle of this week for taking more than 500 acres of land into trust in the town of Middleborough, Mass., as a step toward building a $1 billion casino in the town.
Ferson said the Liberty Square Group, a public relations firm that continues to represent the tribe in its casino quest, wrote the biography based on what Marshall had told them and didn't knowingly misrepresent Marshall's past.
“We clearly wouldn't have put out a biography, and Jim Morris would not have said the things he said, if we did not believe they were correct,” Ferson said. “For years, Glenn had consistently stated the facts attributed in his biography. Clearly the information that Glenn provided in his official bio was not correct, which he admitted to yesterday and which he apologized for yesterday.”
Four years ago, Marshall had also told a congressional oversight committee considering federal recognition for the tribe that he had been a hero of the battle of Khe Sanh in Vietnam. He was in high school at the time, Ferson said.
Ferson's sources for the latest information about Marshall came from the tribal chairman or from documents newspapers have recently obtained.
Also revealed was an arrest for driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and a charge of possession of cocaine after a traffic stop while Marshall was on probation after serving time for the rape conviction in the 1980s. Ferson said Marshall then completed a driver's education course and the cocaine possession charge was not pursued.
The location of the traffic stop was not available.
Marshall also had worked for a variety of construction companies, not a single firm, as stated in his biography and reported in The Day, Ferson said. According to the Globe, he was arrested in the 1990s for fishing without a license in Bourne and for receiving stolen property when he bought a boat motor. Those charges were dismissed, Ferson said.
Ferson also said Marshall has not resigned his tribal chairmanship and “may come back” to work on tribal matters that have been handed over to Hendricks.
“That's a personal decision at this point,” Ferson said. “It comes as a shock to a lot of tribe members, a lot of whom did not know the information that's been reported in the newspaper. That said, I think Glenn's response to step aside is entirely appropriate and clear and unambiguous. We'll move forward regardless of what Glenn's timetable might be.”
Hendricks was unavailable for comment Saturday, but Ferson said he has been part of the tribal decision-making.
“For Shawn's part, he was as surprised as anybody, but has been the vice chairman of the tribe for seven years and has been at the table during every decision made about the casino project and the recognition and (putting) the land into trust,” Ferson said.
The Mashpee tribe wants to build a resort casino on the Middleborough acreage.
The tribe would also take about 100 acres of land on the reservation in Mashpee into trust at the same time, Ferson said.
Gov. Deval Patrick is due to make public his recommendation on whether casinos should be allowed to operate in the state by Labor Day.
08-26-07, 12:49 PM #7
I propose the creation of the Larry Gugle Medal. So all these sh_tbirds like him and Marshall ect.. can have so they don't feel butt-hurt!
Why can't some Marines be happy with their service? I earned just one medal (Good Conduct Medal) and I'm proud of my service in the Marine Corps.
Larry Gugle link..
08-26-07, 10:12 PM #8
Mr. Marshall can not be charged under the Stolen Valor Act without evidence that HE PERSONALLY made claims to the Silver Star and Five Purple Hearts. Guy was smart enough to have his friends do it, giving him deniability. His perjury to a Congressional Sub Committee however, might be another matter and we hope he will bite the dust for that.
Unfortunately, his "embellishing his military record"--which is the nice way of waying he lied about his combat record and heroism, is receiving a mixed review in the community. Several have posted to their newspapers that "everyone embellishes" and therefor this is not a matter of concern.
I suggest all REAL Marines and all Combat Vets monitor this and let the media in Cape Cod know how seriously YOU take Mr. Marshall's lies. We'll keep after him but right now it looks like he'll be headlines for a few days, then the furor will die down, and he'll be back in business. The major papers there are: www.theday.com and www.capecodonline.com
“The Cape Cod Times, citing its own archives and court records, reported that Marshall was convicted in 1981 of raping a 22-year-old visitor to the Cape. Marshall was accused of sexually assaulting the woman in a secluded spot in West Barnstable after offering to drive her from a party to her sister’s house. Marshall, 57, was sentenced to five years in state prison, but served three months before being released on probation, court records show. During his sentencing, Marshall’s attorney referred to Marshall’s military service in Vietnam in a bid for leniency.
“He underwent harrowing experiences while the rest of us were enjoying peace and quiet here at home,” attorney Frederick Mycock told the judge, according to the Times’ archives.
After he was busted and exposed on Thursday he “temporarily stepped down” and continued to blame his problems on his “war service” in a statement that read: “I am proud of my service in the Vietnam War and stand by the service I provided for my country during that horrific period of history. Like others who were part of the war, the years that followed my service are not something I'm proud of. I am proud of the rehabilitation and turnaround in my life following those years, and am proud of what the Tribe has accomplished. I am sorry to have distorted my record and to allow it to stand uncorrected. Like a lot of veterans from that era, I realize I have my own demons that I need to deal with."
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